Saturday, August 29, 2015

Rava Kichadi | How to make Rawa Kichadi | South Indian Breakfast Recipe

Rava Kichdi

Rava Kichadi is one of my favorite breakfast recipe. I love to have it more when it is hot hot. I can eat it simply without any side dish also, but it tastes great with any spicy tomato chutney or simple coconut chutney. If you like you can add spices also. Since my hubby does not like spices in this kichadi, i avoided them. Also I added some veggies like carrot and green peas to give good taste. Lets see how to prepare this easy Rava Kichadi Recipe.

Here are some yummy breakfasts for you to view.
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Semiya Upma
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Rawa Idli
Podi Oothappam

Rava kichadi

Rava Kichadi Recipe

Preparation time: 06 min | Cook Time: 10 min | Serves: 4
Recipe Category: Breakfast | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian


  Rava       -  2 cup
  Water     -  6 cups
  Oil           -  3 tblsp
  Ghee       -   4 tsp
  Mustard seeds   -  1/4 tsp
  Green chilli   -  3 (chopped finely)
  Channa dal   -  1/2 tsp
  Urad dal     -  1/2 tsp
  Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp (or finely chopped ginger and garlic)
  Salt        -   to taste
  Onion    -  1 (Chopped finely)
  Tomato   - 1 (Chopped Finely)
  Carrot     -  1/2 (Cut into small pieces)
  Green Peas  - 1/4 cup
  Turmeric powder  -  1/4 tsp
  Curry leaves  -   few
  Cashew nuts  - few (optional)

1. In a Kadai or pan,  add few drops of ghee. Dry roast the Rava. Do not over roast them. Keep it aside. Now in the same pan, add a tsp of ghee and fry the cashews till light brown colour. Keep aside.

2. In the same pan, add oil and when add the mustard seeds. When it splutters, add channa dal, urud dal and curry leaves. Add in the chopped onion and the ginger garlic paste. Fry till the raw smell of ginger garlic goes off. (Instead of ginger garlic paste, you can add the finely chopped ginger and garlic). (While doing this, I do not have the ginger and garlic separately, so i have used the ginger garlic paste) 

3. When the onion turns translucent, add the tomato. Saute it nicely. Add the chopped carrots. Cook it, sprinkling little water.
4. Add the required salt and add in the green peas. (I used frozen green peas). 

5. Add the water now and allow to boil. Add the turmeric powder.
6. While it is boiling, add the roasted rava, little by little and keep on stirring to avoid the formation of lumps. (While doing this, keep the flame in low to medium).

7. Finally add the cashews and the remaining ghee and give a stir. (Cashews can be added along with the carrot also, but our family likes the crunchy taste of cashews, so added it finally).

8. Serve the hot kichadi with any of your favorite chutney. We had it with Potukadalai chutney.

rava kichadi

Yummy and easy Rava Kichadi is Ready.

Here is the video of the Rava Kichadi Recipe

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Goan Prawn Fry | Easy Goan Shrimp Fry | Indian Prawn Recipes

Prawn fry

This Goan Prawn fry is very simple and tasty fry. This recipe was given by one of my north Indian friend. She already gave this Egg Balchoa recipe.  She also said there are many variations of Goan Prawn Fry and this is one among them. Since I am a fan of Prawns, will try to get all the recipes from her and post it here. Now lets see the simple version of this prawn fry.

You can view the various prawn recipes here. Some popular Prawn recipes you can check below
Prawn Cutlets
Goan Prawn Vindaloo
Goan Shrimp Curry

Goan prawn fry

Goan Prawn Fry

Preparation time: 05 min (+30 min marination)| Cook Time: 15 min | Serves: 4
Recipe Category: Snacks | Recipe Cuisine: North Indian

Prawns - 250 gms
Chilli powder - 3/4 tsp
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Vinegar - 1 tbsp
Corn flour - 3 tbsp
Salt - as per taste

1. Deveins the prawns and wash them nicely with salt. Add the chilli powder, ginger garlic paste, turmeric and salt.

2. Mix them with the vinegar and marinate them for 30 min atleast.

3. Mix them with corn flour. (I forgot to take the picture).
4. Heat oil in a tawa or pan and fry the prawns in small batches.

5. Slowly flip to the other side and fry them evenly.

6. When it is ready, serve them with lemon wedges.

goan prawn fry

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Vanilla Ice Cream | Eggless Vanilla Ice cream with out Ice cream maker | Easy Ice cream recipes | Summer special Recipes

Eggless vanilla ice cream

Vanilla Ice cream is always our family favorite. Though my kids love the chocolate ice cream and strawberry ice cream the most, when I prepare this Vanilla ice cream they love to eat it with the Choco chips or tutti fruitti on top and add little honey and they never say no to this. I bet, when you try this at home, you will never buy vanilla ice cream outside. Also we make it with due care and love right. 

You can view other ice cream recipes and summer special recipes here. My favorite ice cream recipes I have given below

eggless vanilla ice cream

Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

Preparation time: 10 min | Cook Time: 05 min + 8 hrs freezing time| Serves: 4
Recipe Category: Dessert | Recipe Cuisine: International

Whipping cream - 2 cups (400 ml)
Milk - 1/2 cup (Full cream milk is better)
White cooking chocolate - 1/2 cup
Vanilla essence - 2 tsp
Sugar - as per taste
( To know which whipping cream I use check my Mango Ice cream Recipe ).

1. Take the cooking/baking white chocolate and add little milk ( 2 to 3 tbsp ) and allow to melt it in double boiler method* (see notes)

2. It comes to the consistency shown below. Cool it down. Now add the remaining milk and mix nicely without any lumps. 

3. Add the sugar and mix. Add the vanilla essence. Keep it ready. 

4. Now in another bowl add the whipping cream and start beating in low speed. 

5. When it becomes thick, and when the cream quantity becomes nearly 1.5 times its original quantity, add the normal milk and beat using hand*. (see notes). Transfer it to the freezer safe bowl. 

6. Refrigerate for overnight or 8 hrs at least beating 2 to 3 times in between in 1 hr interval to crush the ice formed in outer layer. Then leave it in freezer.  

7. Yummy Vanilla ice cream is ready. 

vanilla ice cream

Serve the Vanilla Ice Cream with tutti fruitti or Choco chips and honey. 

1. Double boiler method: In stove keep a bigger bowl with eater filled 1/4th. Allow to boils. Inside the big bowl, keep smaller bowl and add the required chocolate cubes and melt it. Another simpler method is to use the microwave oven and melt the chocolate. 
2. Do not over beat the whipping cream as it becomes butter at certain stage. So after mixing the chocolate and milk, mix with hand. 
3. The white Chocolate already contains sweetness so add the sugar according to your taste buds. 
4. Instead of vanilla essence, it is good to use vanilla bean if you have. Since u don't have, I used essence. 
5. You can use powder sugar instead of sugar. 
6. The melted white chocolate should be cooled to room temperature before adding to the whipping cream. 

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Prawn Coconut Curry | Coconut Shrimp Curry | Indian Prawn Recipes

Coconut prawn curry

Prawn Coconut Curry or Coconut Shrimp Curry forms a great side dish for any Indian flat breads or any Biryani varieties where you need a spicy side dish. This can be either made spicy or mild spiciness by increasing or decreasing the amount of chilli powder. In both the ways, it tastes great. Last Sunday I prepared this Prawn Coconut Curry as the side dish for the Chicken Biryani along with the Goan Prawn Fry. 

You can view the various prawn recipes here. Some popular Prawn recipes you can check below

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Coconut Prawn Curry

Prawn Coconut Curry

Preparation time: 20 min | Cook Time: 15 min | Serves: 5
Recipe Category: Side dish | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian


I. For Marination
Prawn - 500gms
Chilli powder - 1.5 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/5 tsp
Salt - 1/5 tsp
Ginger garlic - 2 tsp
Lemon Juice - 1 tbsp

II. To Grind
Grated coconut
Green chilli - 1 
Fennel seeds - 1/5 tsp
Poppy seeds - 1/4 tsp

III. To dry fry and make powder
Cinnamon stick - 1 stick
Fennel seeds - 1/4 tsp
Bay leaf - 1 crushed
Cloves- few ( 5 to 6 )
Cardamom - 1
Cumin - 1/5 tsp 

IV. For gravy
Onion - 2 medium sized (chopped finely)
Tomato - 2 medium sized (chopped finely)
Ginger garlic paste - 2 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 spring
Chilli powder- 1.5 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/5 tsp
Cumin powder- 1/4 tsp
Garam masala - 1/4 tsp (optional)
Salt - as per taste 
Oil - 2 tbsp

1. Marinate the prawns with the ingredients in I. 

2. Let it rest for 30 min atleast.(1 hr is best)

3. Grind the ingredients mentioned in II and keep it ready. 

4. Dry fry the ingredients mentioned in III till nice aroma comes.( around 2 to 3 min). Switch off the stove else it becomes black).

5. Grind to a powder form and keep it ready. 

6. In a kadai/pan, add oil and when hot add the onion, curry leaves Ginger garlic paste and sauté till onion becomes soft. 

7. Add tomato and cook until soft. 

8. Add the chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder and salt. 

9. Add the marinated prawns. Prawns leaves out water and Let them cook with that water itself.

10.  Add the freshly ground powder. 

11. Let it cook for 3 to 4 min. 

12. Add the coconut chilli paste. Mix them.

13. Add the garam masala and cook for another 3 to 4 min.

14. Garnish with coriander leaves and switch off the stove.

15. Prawn Coconut Curry is Ready. 
Prawn Coconut Curry

Yummy prawn coconut curry is ready to be served. 

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